Personification – “Footsteps of life”, He personifies life, and by life he means people, because it’s important to being happy in life. And another reason for making life so important would be because how lonesome and horrid war can be and from seeing so much death. Imagery – “Outmoded, dignified, Dark and untenanted”, The empty house is described by these description but once again is linked to war. From being in a trench so long, war gets “outmoded”, War is often glorified or “dignified”, all war is “Dark”, and the longer war goes on the more vacant or “untenanted” it becomes. But Edward Thomas could quite possibly be describing himself and how he is feels from being in the war. Allusion – “Blenheim oranges” this is an allusion to tell of the location in the poem, It was found at Woodstock, Oxfordshire near Blenheim in England. And at that time, England was involved in World War 1. Repetition – “Gone, gone away”, the narrator repeats this phrase and it shows that he is lamenting about how his life has passed him by because of war but also because the man he was before the war is gone too. Pun – “Not one pane to reflect the sun”, by not one pane he is mean that he has no more pain because he feels nothing and nothing could hurt him more than the war. Attitude:
Elegiac is eminent throughout the poem. The narrator can be seen as an old man who has lost his youth to the war, who is sad because all his friends are dead, who is empty on the outside and has no “panes” to reflect to outside world but also no pain because there is nothing left in the world that can harm him. He is alone and knows this.. Shift:
In the first through 5th paragraphs, the narrator is lamenting over the past and the loss of his friends, and then the last two paragraphs shift to more of sorrow because of how empty he is and there is nothing left for him. Title:
The title mean that his life, friends, happiness and everything that he was has Gone, Gone Away. Theme:
War can take everything away from a man and leave him an empty shell but even though there may be nothing left, life is still something to be thankful for. Critical Perspective:
In “Gone, Gone Again,” the narrator is describing the effects the war had on him. The lines “The Blenheim oranges/ Fall grubby from the trees/ As when I was young,” correspond with Thomas’ youth in that he lived in the countryside at a place called Elses Farm before enrolling in the army. Thomas spent three years of his life in the war; three years of which he informs the readers were very monotonous and solitary through the lines “Gone gone again/ May, June, July,/ And August gone/ Again gone by.” The net two lines “With grass growing instead/ Of the footsteps of life,” symbolize how the leaders think of the soldiers as units rather than live people. The narrator then says “I am something like that;/ Only I am not dead,/ Still breathing and interested/ In the house that is not dark.” Once again, he is trying to prove to the reader and society that he is more than just a soldier. Indirectly, he might also be trying to prove this to himself as well.
At first glance Edward Thomas' poem, "Gone, Gone Again," seems to be about an old man reminiscing about his life and past experiences. It is even possible that the old man is looking back on his life with burdensome feelings of regret and sorrow. What could possibly have happened in this man's life to cause so much sorrow and despair ?The first few paragraphs of this poem describe the loss of time; Thomas gives the sense that a significant portion of time has gone by, and that it has passed by quickly. The repetition of the words "gone" and "again" help illustrate the narrator's feeling of how time has just slipped by. Also, the summer months of May, June, July, and August only occur once every year, so by pairing these months with the phrase "gone, gone again" Thomas emphasizes that a whole year has come...
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